Guido and Bonnie Boggioni of Plano were driving home through Tennessee from Guido's mother's funeral when they were forced to make a stop.
"I was driving along, tooling down the road a good 70 miles an hour and a big black SUV comes up," says Bonnie.
Bonnie says she was confused and as far as she knew wasn't breaking any laws. She says the Tennessee State Trooper and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy were taking issue with her car.
"He saw my Ohio State Rose Bowl sweatshirt and he said, are you from Ohio? And I have Texas plates, so I said no, we were on our way back from...and he interrupted me and said what are you doing with a marijuana sticker on your car?"
The couple call themselves "rabid" Ohio State fans. The buckeye leaf a symbol the grandparents display proudly in this case in the form of a bumper sticker, and until now, without an issue. Bonnie says she was told to remove it immediately.
"I was flummoxed, couldn't believe that I would be stopped for anything let alone a buckeye leaf."
"It's my right to have that on the back of my car, whether they like it or not," says her husband, Guido.
Bonnie also makes another good point.
"If I were actually one of those little old grandmothers who transports marijuana, I would not tell the world."
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it cannot confirm if its troopers were involved in the stop. And the Shelby County Sheriff's office says since there was no official citation, there's no record on file. A spokesperson does say – no bumper stickers are illegal.
While it wasn't so funny at the time, the couple now says they can laugh about it and even see the upside.
"This way we can teach the rest of the world that that's a buckeye leaf and not a marijuana leaf."
KDFW FOX 4
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